DD's cat, has been missing since saturday morning, this morning DH saw one like him on the duel carrigeway about a mile from our home. The position it is in makes it really dangerous to collect it up, its by the central single crash barrier and right at the place where a slip road comes on around blind corner.
It's really upsetting to think of the poor thing just laying there but I really don't know what to do about it. Any ideas?
Oh dear, that's awful. Sorry to hear of the loss of your cat, if it is him. Naturally you would like to collect him. The only thing I can think if is could you nip out there now - while it's quiet on the road but before it gets dark - to pick him up? Get DH to pick him up while you hold up a (cardboard) sign for any traffic saying "Slow - Man in road".....sorry if that sounds like a silly idea, it's meant in all seriousness and I am trying to help...but it may be a bad idea. Poor puss.
I'm worried about putting someone else in a dangerous position though, I mean what if someone got hit by a car collecting up a cat that I think is in too bad a position for me or DH to collect. I am tempted to ring the non emergency police number is that mental?
I remember when our cat was hit on a dual carriageway, there was no way we could have got to her we had to leave her body there unfortunately, didn't think of calling anyone to have it removed at the time. I think on a busy road like that it would be too unsafe, and without wanting to be too graphic, a cat is small enough not to cause a danger to drivers on such a fast road, so I'm not sure police/RSPCA etc would risk it either. We went to a garden centre a couple of weeks later and chose a nice bush to plant in the garden instead of burying her.
I had to leave my beloved cat at the side of the road a few years ago. We were living in an apartment with no garden, had no car to go get him in and He was in too bad a state to carry when I found him (he was so far away from the house it took me days to find him) so not only could I not get him, if I could have I had nowhere to bury him so would have had to put him in the bin which was proably worse than leaving him at the side of the road.
It broke my heart and still does to think of him just left there
It is a really busy road.............the A1, I am a risk taker, but even I wouldn't risk it because of the blind slip road bend. There is no gap between the north and south carridgeways just a crash barrier, and it is also on a bridge over another road so no refuge on either side. The only way I could see anyone safely getting it is to close off the fast lane, but surely they wouldn't do that, nor would I expect them to.
A couple of months ago I saw one dead on the slip road where it was safe to pick up and collected it up and took it to the vets to be checked for microchips.
DH has to go the same way again tomorrow, if it is still there I will call the council for advise. Thanks very much for your help.
Sorry about your cat Bertie. The bush is a lovely idea.
I was about ten, I was heartbroken! But I was quite a logical child and as my mum said at the time, it would have been very quick, he wouldn't have known what was happening, and it's just an empty body, it's not him lying there. He'll be up in cat heaven with as many mice as he could ever want to chase